how music fans emulate their idols
Fandom is the ultimate form of tribalism. Each sect tirelessly worships their own deity, channeling him or her in dress and persona, often picking fights with those misguided “others” who do not see the divine in their chosen one. And if music is to serve as religion or means to achieve some sort of purpose, it is the concert hall where these various sects come to worship. Aware of this, photographer James Mollison spent three years documenting the appearances and behaviors of these 21st century disciples in an attempt to highlight how quickly–and tightly–one clings to the cult of celebrity to shape his or her own identity.